Self-Discipline is not for the feint of heart!

“Self-Discipline” has a negative connotation tied to it doesn’t it? It seems to imply that we are fighting, resisting, hold back the urge to do something that we feel we want to do right?

But who are we fighting and why is so difficult to do what we know we should do?

Why do we push snooze when we tell ourselves to get up? Why do we indulge in big desserts when we are on a diet? Why do we watch TV instead of write a paper?

It all comes down to our emotions and the chemicals bouncing around in our brain! These articles discuss why we are tempted, how to strengthen discipline, smart techniques that lessen the need for discipline, and how to release urges instead of fighting them.

Check ’em out!

Changing a behavior? Create a GAP!

I always find it amazing that so many people actually survive college. When I say ‘survive’, I’m not referring to surviving a heavy class schedule, ten-page essays, or scary mid-terms; I mean it quite literally. How do we make it out alive?

During my college days, my roommate and I decided to invest in a Kegerator (need picture?) which allowed for an abundant and ever-flowing supply of beer. When it was sloshing with fluid, we continued to consume; quite quickly and efficiently. If beer was a diet plan, we’d be in better shape than Jillian Michaels.

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Emotional Battles - Learning Comes After!

We have emotional battles we face every day – stemming from an argument with a friend or loved one, a disagreement with a co-worker, or difficulties on the home-front. Life has a way of throwing a few grenades our way to shake things up, and it’s how we handle these situations that determines if we can throw the grenade back or if it explodes in our face.

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Set Your Pace!

Lately I’ve noticed a trend in my ability to concentrate, be productive, and have more energy throughout the day (hence the recent articles related to energy levels). Just as a swimmer or sprinter may attribute his loss to a slow start at the sound of the gun, I attribute my snail-like pace throughout the day to a slow start at the buzzer… from my alarm clock.

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Using Pain as our Ally

We all experience pain in our lives, and it is how we choose to deal with the pain that makes all the difference. Do we choose to permit the suffering to continue? Do we secretly enjoy the pain because of the unique status it brings us – being the victim? Or do we open our eyes, look pain in the face and say ‘there is something I can learn from you!’

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Thoughts and Emotions - The Battle Ensues

Can they ever get along? Do you have difficulties putting words to how you feel? Do you tend to say things you didn’t really mean because you couldn’t find the right words? When trying to convey your emotions, does the language that escapes your mouth just come out as ‘word vomit’ which inevitably gets you into trouble? Is communicating your emotions difficult for you? Well, here’s the dilemma…

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Would you be surprised if told you that there are 5.3 million children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder in the United States alone (in 2010)? Maintaining focus and concentrating on the task at hand is a serious problem we are having, and most of us tend to have wild eyes that are more active than a parakeet with a bratty kid sticking fingers in its cage.

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Do you treat your body like an old beat-up Ford Pinto or like a Twin Supercharged Ferrari? It’s much easier to add bad fuel into a machine that functions poorly, but if you want (or have) a peak-performing machine, you put in only the best! So… are you using Premium with Techron or Regular Unleaded from Arco?

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For Your Inspiration! (FYI!) Month 2011 – This article was part of an exciting and challenging month dedicated to discovering passions, setting goals, learning success strategies, and sharing thoughts to ponder throughout the day!  If you’d like to find out what this month was all about, check out FYI Month 2011 for more information! “Take […]

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Sometimes we know what we should do, but we also know what feels comfortable and this affects our judgment. We are in a battle between the wisdom of our rational brain and the satiation of our emotional brain. Which one do you normally let win?

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Do you have friends that spit out new and wonderful ideas, thoughts, or plans on a regular basis? Perhaps talking about starting a company, going back to school, or some other idea about following their dreams or improving the situation of themselves or others? But then all you hear are more ideas and nothing in their life changes? They are filled with thoughts but lack… something?

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